Motorists who use the Adomi bridge to connect to Accra and other parts of the country will soon heave a sigh of relief, when President Mahama reopens the rehabilitated bridge situated at Atimpoku in the eastern region to vehicular traffic this weekend.
This follows the completion of an 18 months extensive rehabilitation works by the Austrian construction and Engineering firm, Bilfinger MCE GmbH on the 335metre bridge, spanning across the Volta river.
The bridge which connects the Volta region to other parts of the country through the eastern region, was closed down in March 2014, for its first major rehabilitation after it was commissioned over five decades ago.
The closure created a lot of inconvenience to motorists and travelers moving from the central and northern parts of the Volta region to the national capital, Accra, as they spent long hours waiting to cross the river with the two ferries provided by the Ghana Highway Authority at Senchi.
Ahead of the grand opening of the 12.9 million euros refurbished edifice by President Mahama, some transport operators at the Ho Lorry station are already heaving a sigh of relief.
According them, the reopening of the bridge will ease their traveling difficulties as the long hours spent during a single trip will reduce drastically.
“The is a welcoming news to us, because it will release our burden of crossing the river with the pontoon and sometimes when it is night, we have to sleep over. Now when the bridge is opened, there will be no sleeping at the pontoon site and the crossing will be at every time, any moment,” a driver with the Cooperative Transport told Volta Online.
They are also optimistic the tolls that will be charge at the bridge will be far cheaper than exorbitant rates they pay at the ferry site.
“With the opening of the bridge, I hope there will be a big difference in the tolls, because in the past we pay GHc 1 at the bridge but with the pontoon we pay GHc 8, which is too much for us,” Nii stated.